Lot #131
Martin Luther King, Jr

Dr. King inscribes a copy of Stride Toward Freedom—"In appreciation for your unswerving devotion to the ideals of freedom and human dignity"
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Dr. King inscribes a copy of Stride Toward Freedom—"In appreciation for your unswerving devotion to the ideals of freedom and human dignity"

Signed book: Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1958. Hardcover with custom quarter-leather slipcase, 6.25 x 9, 230 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in ballpoint, "To my Friend: Julius Kiano, In appreciation for your unswerving devotion to the ideals of freedom and human dignity, Martin Luther King, Jr." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/None, with light rubbing to boards and wear to spine ends.

As a young African scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Julius Gikonyo Kiano became the first Kenyan to earn a PhD. According to Dorothy Stephens in her 2006 memoir, Kwa Heri Means Goodbye: Memories of Kenya 1957-1959, Kiano dated Coretta Scott, the future wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., for five years. The couple separated due to Scott deeming him ‘too bright’ and ‘too political.’

Published in 1958, King's first book, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, chronicles the planning, events, and aftermath of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolent resistance, the year-long Montgomery bus boycott. A comprehensive and insightful account, the book traces the journey of a community and highlighted King's transformative devotion to equality and non-violence. An outstanding signed volume from the Civil Rights icon.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #608 - Ended May 12, 2021





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